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The ICMSF layperson's guide, "A Simplified Guide to Understanding and Using Food Safety Objectives and Performance Objectives," has been first issued in 2005 in the English language, and has since been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. Links are provided below.

ICMSF is grateful for excellent illustrative work of Mr. Tatsuya Minamoto and the facilitation by ICMSF member Dr. Fumiko Kasuga that have resulted in a new version of the guide in an additional language - the language of cartoons.

Mr. Tatsuya Minamoto
Senior Consultant & Illustrator Specialized in Food industry Legend Applications, Inc.
Phone: +81-3-6203-0571
E-mail: minamoto-ta@legendapl.com
Web: https://www.lafood.jp/


Illustrated ICMSF Simplified Guide to Understanding and Using Food Safety Objectives and Performance Objectives

The ICMSF layperson's guide in the original English language.

A simplified guide to understanding and using Food Safety Objectives and Performance Objectives.

The guide translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia

Guia simplificada para el entendimiento y uso de Objetivos de Inocuidad de los Alimentos y Objetivos de Rendimiento

Guia simplificado para a compreensão e uso de Objetivos de Inocuidade de Alimentos (FSO) e Objetivos de Desempenho (PO)

Guide simplifié pour la compréhension et l’utilisation des Objectifs de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments et des Objectifs de Performances

Panduan Sederhana Pengertian Dan Penerapan Food Safety Objectives Dan Performance Objectives (Indonesian)

Further translations (e.g. German, Mandarin, Japanese) are planned to be added.

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF). (2009) "Relating Microbiological Criteria to Food Safety Objectives and Performance Objectives". van Schothorst, M., Zwietering, M., Ross, T., Buchanan B., Cole, M. Food Control, 20:967-979

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) (2004) Papers at the 36th annual meeting of the Swiss Society for Food Hygiene (SGLH) in October 2003. The papers have been published as communications in the journal Mitteilungen aus Lebensmitteluntersuchung und Hygiene, Volume 95, Issue 1, 2004. They can be downloaded below for personal use. Copyright remains with the journal.

Buchanan, B. Principles of risk analysis as applied to microbial food safety concerns
Cole, M. Food safety objectives - concept and current status
Gorris, L. Performance objectives and performance criteria - two sides of the food chain
Cordier, J.-L. Microbiological criteria - purpose and limitations
Dahms, S. Microbiological sampling plans - statistical aspects
Tompkin, B. Environmental sampling - a tool to verify the effectiveness of preventive hygienic measure
Pitt, J. Application of the food safety objective concept to the problem of aflatoxins in peanuts
Gram, L. How to meet an FSO - Control of Listeria monocytogenes in the smoked fish industry

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) [M. van Schothorst, Secretary]. (1998) "Principles for the establishment of microbiological food safety objectives and related control measures". Food Control, 9(6):379-384

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF). (1998) "Potential application of risk assessment techniques to microbiological issues related to international trade in food and food products". J. Food Protection, 61(8):1075-1086

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF). (1997) "Establishment of microbiological safety criteria for foods in international trade". Wld. Hlth. Statist. Quart., 50:119-123

International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF). (1994) "Choice of sampling plan and criteria for Listeria monocytogenes". Int. J. Food Microbiol.22:89-96